CINCINNATI (FOX19) - FOX19 announced that news anchor Tricia Macke has been signed to a new multi-year contract.
Macke, a Northern Kentucky native, joined FOX19 News two weeks prior to the launch of the news in 1993.
"Tricia has been an integral part of our success as a news operation since the very beginning," says FOX19 Vice President/General Manager Bill Lanesey. "We are extremely fortunate to have a dynamic leader who not only reports what is happening in the tri-state but as a native, uniquely understands the impact of what is happening on the local community."
Tricia's career with FOX19 News began as a reporter in 1993, as one of the first hires to the newly launched organization. Two years later, she began anchoring the weekend edition of the FOX19 Ten o'clock News. In 1998 she became co-host of 19 in the Morning with Rob Williams. Since 1999 Tricia has co-anchored the nightly edition of FOX19 Ten o'clock News and since last August, The FOX19 Evening News @ 630 as well.
In addition to her anchor duties, Tricia continues to focus on reporting, which has been a staple of her success. In 2008 she launched the popular "All Access with Tricia Macke" franchise in which she goes behind the scenes at various events, venues and businesses allowing viewers access to sights they'd be hard pressed to view on their own. These include going backstage at a Sammy Hagar concert, making candy at Greater's and flying with a "med evac" unit in route to an emergency.
"Tricia brings a personal touch to each of her reporting assignments," says FOX19 News Director Steven Ackermann. "She is never satisfied to be 'just the anchor' and displays a conviction that goes far beyond what is expected."
This fall, Macke launched a second feature "Dish with Trish" where Tricia hits the streets to see what viewers are saying about the big and not-so-big stories of the week.
"I consider myself very fortunate to live and work in Greater Cincinnati," says Macke. "Not many people have the chance to pursue their dream job in their hometown. I have the best of both worlds and I am reminded of how lucky I am whenever I meet folks around town. I've reported from cities across the country and across the world and there is no place like Cincinnati."
Tricia and her husband Chris live in Fort Thomas, just five miles from her childhood home. When not on the air, she stays busy being Mom to her audience of five children, ages 18 to 1. This requires keeping up with a wide array of activities including coaching her daughter's basketball team, serving on the PTA and as a room mother and cafeteria helper. Not to mention team practices, meetings and homework assignments.
Says Ackermann, "It's not hard to see how Tricia stays focused on the needs of our viewers; she's one of them, facing the same challenges and hectic schedule as other local working mothers."
Juggling both careers would be enough for anyone but Macke has never lost sight of her local roots and continues to be an active member of several local community organizations. She has served on the Northern Kentucky University Alumni Board, The Board of Directors at St. Luke Hospital, and The Cystic Fibrosis Board of Directors. She is an active supporter of the Yellow Ribbon Center and the local Shriners and frequently functions as a keynote speaker, emcee or mistress of ceremonies for many different organizations.